Leading Causes of Florida Motorcycle Accidents
Thanks to Florida’s mild and sunny climate, it comes as no surprise that the state is a favorite of motorcycle enthusiasts and their families. It is one of the few regions in the United States where motorcycles are able to be ridden during even the winter months instead of forcing their riders behind the wheels of a standard automobile.
Unfortunately, more motorcycles on our state’s roadways more often also mean more accidents. Listed below are the leading causes of motorcycle accidents in the state of Florida.
Drivers Making Lefthand Turns
Accidents stemming from lefthand turns are some of the most common, and the most deadly types of Florida motorcycle accidents. Sadly, it isn’t just motorcycle riders who fall victim to this. Bicycle riders, pedestrians, and even other drivers are all become very vulnerable when drivers are in a hurry to turn left. Due to the nature of traffic and driving laws, the opportunity to make a legal lefthand turn is hard to come by in many situations.
While you may be obeying the law by stopping for children crossing at a four-way stop or because the light ahead has turned yellow, other drivers may be too distracted, and too self-absorbed, to pay attention to the fact that you are stopping. These drivers are the primary cause of rear-end accidents in Florida.
It is a legal requirement for drivers to check their vehicle’s blind spots before making a lane change. Most drivers, however, are in a hurry and turn their heads out of habit rather than any actual attempt to look for another vehicle. This is especially bad news for smaller, less noticeable objects, such as pedestrians and motorcycles.
Open Car Doors
This happens when a person on the driver’s side of a parked vehicle opens their door to exit their car right as a motorcycle is driving by. If the biker crashes into the door, they can sustain serious injuries. The car’s driver is expected to look before opening his door in order to prevent this kind of accident which can also affect pedestrians and bicyclists.
As with every kind of personal injury case, the endless number of variables makes your claim unique. Someone with a case that sounds very similar to yours could end up with a very different outcome than what you should expect. This is just one of the many reasons why hiring a skilled attorney is extremely beneficial to your Tampa, Florida motorcycle accident claim.
Tampa Personal Injury Lawyers
Your attorney will know the most thorough and efficient way of collecting vital evidence that proves you were not at fault for the accident. Establishing this fact is essential to the success of your Tampa personal injury case.
If you have sustained injuries during any kind of accident that was caused by another person’s negligence or carelessness, there is evidence out there that will substantiate your claim. A reputable personal injury attorney from Fulgencio Law will be able to help you. Call us at (813) 463-0123 to schedule your free Tampa personal injury consultation today.